Opportunity | Five Minute {Friday} Saturday

Five Minute Friday

Five Minute Friday with Lisa-Jo Baker.

Word: Opportunity.

Write for five minutes without stoping and without editing.


Opportunity – a positive sound, a positive ring when I say it out loud. I seek opportunity all of the time. Opportunity to sleep, opportunity to have time by myself, opportunity to spend one-on-one time with my husband and my children, opportunity to work-out, eat healthy, and have quiet time with God.

But, opportunity often remains just beyond my grasp. When the boys were tiny-tots, opportunity was always so fleeting. I never had enough sleep, or enough time for myself, the opportunity to spend one on one time with my husband evaded us both, most of the time.

Is opportunity for the taking, is it always there, or do we have to go searching for it?

What does God think of this word {opportunity}? How does He view Opportunity differently from our limited, finite human perspective?

I learned a life-transforming lesson about opportunity. Opportunity can begin to look like a roadblock, a distraction, a diversion, or even an interruption, if I am not careful.

The woman in the commissary {grocery store} who just wants five minutes of my time to discuss the last church meeting. Opportunity  morphing into obligation or even annoyance. The child demanding my time once again. Opportunity blurring into hindrance or interruption to my original plans.


{But, there is more I want to add so if I can just take a few more minutes of your time.}

The alarm clock at 5am reminding me of my renewed commitment to giving God the first 15-minutes of my day – dedicated solely to Him. Opportunity begins to take the form of apathy, slothfulness, and a burden to bear.

Be careful! I tell myself. Nothing is an accident. I believe that all is orchestrated by God. I arrived at the commissary five-minutes later than I had planned. She and I came face to face in front of the rows of juice boxes and cereal bars. Opportunity for fellowship, for community, for listening with a patient, compassionate heart. Opportunity to offer another Hope and Encouragement.

The child seeking my attention right as I am sitting down {finally} to read scripture, to journal and to pray. Opportunity to Love like He Loves Me. He always has time for me. He never makes me wait for His love. Opportunity to show my child they are valued and important in my life.

I am given opportunities every day, every minute to  become more Christ-like in my thinking, in my actions, and in my words. Opportunity to alter my perception of this world, to Transform My Mind. Opportunity to see as God sees, to respond as God would want me to respond, to Love like God wants me love.

Father God, will you please give me the self-control, patience, and faithfulness to see interruptions, annoyances, obligations, and road-blocks through the mind of Christ – as Opportunity for modeling Your kingdom here on earth. Amen.

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Rom. 12:2)

newly purposed,


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